Athlete Feedback Flowchart
In an episode of 2 White Lights that Brad Couillard and myself recorded, we posed the question of what types of things should you ask athletes to get the proper feedback you are looking for. While multiple things were discussed, it led us to eventually putting together an athlete feedback flowchart, which you can now see above. We came up with the 6 main elements of feedback that coaches tend to look for in athlete responses, and for each, a flowchart of yes and no options that should lead an athlete to giving the best feedback possible. All 6 elements stem from the main question every coach has when they get daily/weekly training from an athlete, and that is “Did you feel strong?”. And whether the answer is yes or no to that question, the same flowchart exists to help delineate and figure out the reasoning behind the performance of each session. Did the athlete feel fatigued, were recovery variables on point, were they motivated to train, was there any added external stress, how was technique, and how strong did the session feel compared to prior weeks or sessions? These 6 elements can help to encapsulate the major variables that go into powerlifting, and by following this flowchart as an athlete, it can help guide you to giving the best feedback possible to your coach. Included in the above slides is the initial questioning of “Did you feel strong?” and each of the 6 main elements of feedback. And then for each element there is an individual slide with leading questions that can help present vital information regarding the variables surrounding training performance.